I just installed FFXI on my reasonably fast laptop, and found it's so laggy as to be unplayable (~10 fps).
Originally I assumed the problems were my really old drivers. I'm using GTX 460M; it appears it was a known issue (http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=1295510385236911373&h=50) that was resolved in 266.35 beta, and finalized in 266.58 WHQL. My original drivers were older than the 266, so I upgraded to the most recent ones (301.42). However, the game performance has not changed.
Before I waste many hours trying different versions of drivers and other fixes, perhaps someone can give me some advice?
My specs are:
Windows 7 SP 1 64-bit
No windower (though performance is the same with Windower)
i7-2720QM @ 2.2GHz
RAM 8 GB
Screen resolution 1920x1080 @120 Hz refresh rate